Cochise County rescue helicopter used to rescue hiker in medical distress

Cochise County rescue helicopter used to rescue hiker in medical distress
(Source: Cochise County Sheriff's Office)

COCHISE COUNTY, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A stranded hiker in medical distress had to be rescued from the Chiricahua National Monument wilderness on Thursday, June 21.

According to the Cochise County Sheriff's Office, a 65-year-old man was experiencing a high heart rate and shortness of breath. He was stranded on a ridgeline at Big Balance Rock.

The Cochise County Search and Rescue Team and the CCSO helicopter responded to the call at about 3 p.m.

The helicopter crew used information called in from a park ranger and GPS coordinates to find the hiker at about 4:15 p.m. and flew him to the park entrance for a medical evaluation.

No further information about the hiker or his condition was immediately available.

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